FANCY FILLIES: Nominees for Best Hat/Fascinator Division in Fashions on the Field take to the stage at the Warwick Picnic Races.
FANCY FILLIES: Nominees for Best Hat/Fascinator Division in Fashions on the Field take to the stage at the Warwick Picnic Races. Sophie Lester

GALLERY: Fashion, friends and fillies at Picnic Races

A RECORD crowd headed to Allman Park Racecourse for the Warwick Picnic Races on Saturday afternoon.

With more than 600 people in the picnic area alone for race day, the Picnics committee were pleased with the turn out at the annual event.

Warwick Turf Club secretary Kristen Doyle said admissions were also good on the other side of the fence, while the Friday night Calcutta event also managed to draw 60 people to the Turf Club.

"Last year we had over 500 come out to the races, so I don't know why I'm surprised with this year topping 600," Ms Doyle said.

James McMahon, whose family lives in Wheatvale, brought 106 of his closest friends from university in Brisbane to the race weekend, a slight decline on last year's effort of 170 guests.

"It was a very full on day and the party continued into the night even though it's been cold," Ms Doyle said.

"We weren't expecting the wind today, and unfortunately that's meant the jumping castle couldn't go up, it was just too windy."

Plenty of dapper gentleman and women adorned in suits, frocks and fascinators took part in the Fashions on the Field event.

Planning for this infamous Warwick event started back in February, so Ms Doyle, who has been Turf Club secretary for five years, said she was very pleased with how the event came together.

"It does take a lot of work from everyone," she said.

"I should thank the Picnics sub-committee; Trinity MacDonald, Andrew and Rachel Williams, Danielle Cassels, and Anna Aspinall and heaps more.

"And of course the committee of the Turf Club work very hard behind the scenes to make these days happen, and a big thank you to our sponsors that make these events come together."

Among the big supporters of the Picnic Races present on Saturday were Bruce Miller and Sandy Smith, both of whom were awarded lifetime memberships for their dedication to the event.

Mr Miller has been supporting the picnic races since 1950 while Mr Smith has been a supporter for more than 20 years.

"I think it will only get bigger in future," Ms Doyle said.

"We want to stick with the picnic spirit and keep it casual, maybe have people bring rugs.

"But people like the option of having BYO food and drinks and it will be a tradition that keeps going."

Local trainer John Collins scored a win in the Peter Stewart Automotive 1100m Class B Handicap race with his horse Starwood, ridden by jockey Kenji Yoshida.

Picnic Races Fashions on the Field winners:

Women's: Winner Annie Barclay, runner up Rose Betts

Men's: Winner Andrew Meara, runner up Ben Weeks

Fascinators: Winner Andy Cook, runner up Julia Harpham

Couple: Winners Duncan and Nellie Macdonald, runners up Olivia and Pete



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